Portillo’s “amazing” journey

Former Conservative MP Michael Portillo. (0302MM27)
Former Conservative MP Michael Portillo. (0302MM27)

Former Conservative MP Michael Portillo has described the rail journey between Derry and Coleraine as “breathtaking.”

Mr Portillo visited the area to film episodes of the TV show ‘Great Irish Train Journeys’ which was shown on BBC2 this week.

The former defence secretary said the journey was the highlight of his visit. “I thought it was breathtaking – I enjoyed every mile of it. We just need to get the track a little bit less shaky and then it will be a perfect journey.”

Travel writer Michael Palin previously described the journey as among the best train journeys in the world.

Mr Portillo, who also visited Derry’s Peace Bridge, said he was amazed by the change in the city since his time in politics.